Disability Awareness and Accessibility Review Board +

Number of Members

9

Special Qualifications

Members shall include representatives of the disability community.

Residency/Registered Voter Requirement

Must be a resident and registered voter of Sioux Falls.

Summary of Duties

The Disability Awareness and Accessibility Review Board is an extension of the Human Relations Commission. It acts as an advisory body to the Mayor, City Council, and the City ADA Coordinator on disability awareness and universal accessibility of City buildings, programs, and services. This board was created as a merger of two previous boards, the ADA Accessibility Review Board and the Disability Awareness Commission.

Liaison:
ADA Coordinator/Assistant City Attorney (Human Relations)
224 W. 9th St.
P.O. Box 7402
Sioux Falls, SD 57117-7402
605-367-8745

 

Members

Disability Awareness and Accessibility Review Board

Members serve three-year terms.

  • Jamie Richardson - Term expires December 2024
  • Sarah Jorgensen, Vice Chair - Term expires January 2026*
  • Cathleen Zepeda - Term expires July 2025
  • Tana Zwart, Chair - Term expires January 2026*
  • Patricia Herman - Term expires December 2026*
  • Kristen Barnhardt - Term expires December 2026*
  • Devin Jenelle Labbee-Darling - Term expires July 2026
  • Mychelle Garrigan - Term expires July 2026
  • Vacancy

* Second Term

Duties

Duties of the the Disability Awareness and Accessibility Review Board:

  • Providing public education to heighten the awareness of physical, social, and economic barriers for people with disabilities.
  • Organizing public awareness activities and educates the public about the role, function, and activities of the commission.
  • Monitoring the progress of the City transition plan and self-evaluations, and making recommendations, as needed, in prioritizing the resolution of access issues.
  • Surveying City buildings, programs, and services for potential accessibility problems and recommending to the Mayor proposed resolutions of these problems in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
  • Encouraging the incorporation of universal access into the design of City facilities. 
  • Serving as an advisor to other public or private entities on universal access issues where it appears the board can make a positive contribution to resolution of such issues in the City.